Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happiness...

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The other day Madison and I went back in the yard and played with my old lacross stick from High School.  I'm not sure I've ever seen her more excited to be with mommie.  It was the best feeling just to watch her face as I would give her praise for each good throw or catch -- she was so happy!

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Happiness is a funny thing.  It's so easy to get tangled up in the if I had or when I get this then I'll be happy game.  Adam were talking last night about this crazy culture we live in -- how in the world did we let ourselves as smart human beings allow ourselves to get so brainwashed by our own people -- allowing others to tell us what will make us happy.

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I'm learning true happiness comes from being in just the right place -- the exact place God's wants us to be.  Our happiness is not defined by life circumstances -- if that was the case I'd be doomed.  Our happiness is totally and completely wrapped up in the concept of God's unwavering Grace. 

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Happiness comes from understanding that I am so flawed and make really stupid choices -- but despite my lack of,  I am loved, never forgotten -- not alone.

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13 comments:

3saints said...

Beautiful post....beautiful little girl.

Hugs to you...
Kate

Sarah Thomas, Nora's mom said...

What a beautiful post. There is so much beauty in truth and you have found that. Madison's beaming, happy face made me smile.

Lisa Marie said...

Amen to that! Madi is gorgeous, glad you are having fun together :)

JayCee said...

Her smile = priceless!

Jessica said...

Amen. Nodding my head in agreement with not much else to add.
Well said.
J.

Anonymous said...

Your family deserves so much happiness. Glad to see Madison smile. :)

JM @ Calgary Psychologist said...

Wow, inspiring post, Gavin! I love what you said about happiness being able to accept your flaws. This is so true because before you experience authentic happiness, a person needs to find his true self first. His true self is defined by what his underlying values are and what his passions are. By knowing these, a person can focus on the positive aspects of his life, and as a result, accept his flaws.

~ Katie ~ said...

Awesome post!

Brayden'smom said...

Wonderful post. It is great to see Madison smile. She has beautiful blue eyes just like her brother.

Ailene said...

this is exactly what my heart has been realizing. Beautifully put- thanks for the reminder!

Jennifer said...

So beautiful...in every way. Just gives me a big smile :-)

Taria M. said...

Amen! Happiness can't be wrapped up in our circumstances... the only sure thing is placing it in the hands of Jesus. :))

Misty Rice said...

I haven't been reading or writing much in the blog world lately. Going through personal storms of my own last few months. Peeked over here tonight and loved reading your post. Thanks.